Thursday, May 1, 2008
The Arkansas State Parole Board is recommending that Govenor Mike Beebe (D) grant clemency to one Anthony F. Thrash, a convicted killer who escaped from prison in 1996, only to be recaptured within months. Trash is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a 1980 murder. The Board,however, is recommending that that sentence be commuted to 23 years. Thrash maintains he is innocent but his clemency application says he has not been "sitting around simply holding resentments or festering anger, bitterness and hostility." The clemency application is also opposed by the Desha County sheriff's office and prosecutors. See story here.